Deep Blue Cable has announced a plan to build a subsea fiber-optic cable network that will connect a number of Caribbean markets to the U.S. Deep Blue will pair up with TE SubCom to, hopefully, ensure that the project will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2019. The cable network will have an initial capacity of 6 Tbps per fiber pair.

Connecting the Caribbean

The pan-Caribbean cable network will initially connect the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands. The first cable landing will be placed off the Gulf Coast of Florida. There will be plans to eventually branch the connection to Colombia and Panama as well.

The Benefits

The deployment of the subsea cable network will address this region’s surging demand for telecom services. According to Deep Blue’s initial press release, “the Deep Blue network will benefit the region’s businesses and consumers by offering significantly higher design capacity, lower unit costs, lower latency through direct connectivity, and the ability to leverage advancements in reliability such as improved route planning and installation techniques.”

Furthermore, the deployment of the network will provide direct connectivity between major traffic hubs as well as optical add/drop connectivity to smaller markets. The Deep Blue and TE SubCom partnership allows for TE SubCom’s proven optical add/drop multiplexer (OADM) to cost-effectively supply international bandwidth in a scalable manner.

Meeting Continued Global Demand

This project has the potential to scale fiber services to underdeveloped parts of the world and offer international bandwidth in response to continued global demand. According to Stephen Scott, CEO of Deep Blue Cable, “The Deep Blue Cable system will play a critical role in serving developing Caribbean countries that are now experiencing a surge in demand for advanced telecom services and currently rely on fiber-optic connectivity that is technologically and economically disadvantaged.”

Other nations are following suit by deploying their own subsea fiber cables. Africa and South America recently launched construction on the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), a cable system that will connect the countries of Angola and Brazil. The goal of the project is to cut as much as 80% off the current latency between the two nations.

Want to learn more about large-scale infrastructure investments? Read our recent blog post highlighting Microsoft’s plan to bring high-speed broadband to rural America.

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